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For issues concerning excess garbage, please contact the public works department.
Residents can also call 701-515-5400 to report an issue or submit an online contact form.
In West Fargo, the City of West Fargo collects residential garbage and Waste Management collects residential recycling. The city is divided into five different zones, each with its own collection day (see Sanitation Zones Map). Garbage is collected once a week and recycling is collected every other week.
On collection day, up to three trucks will visit your residence to collect garbage and recycling - a City of West Fargo garbage truck, a City of West Fargo large material truck and a Waste Management, Inc. recycling truck.
The time your materials are collected may vary week to week. Therefore, residents should place their materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day and allow the trucks until 5 p.m. to pick up the materials.
If your collection day falls on a holiday, your revised garbage and recycling days may be different. Please see the holiday calendar for further information.
For questions about garbage collection, please contact the City of West Fargo public works department (701-515-5400).
For questions about recycling collection, please call Waste Management (1-888-960-0008).
For more information about residential garbage and recycling, visit the Sanitation and Recycling page.
If you have any questions or concerns with a current city construction project please visit westfargostreets.com or contact the public works department.
City standards for service can be viewed under the Sewer and Water Services city ordinances (Chapter 9).
To officially request services you can use the standard Request for Improvements form as a guideline. Residents can submit their request for improvement to the City Administrator.
For questions regarding the ordinances or submitting a request, please contact the City Administrator.
Legally, the City of West Fargo has no jurisdiction in rear-yard drainage issues. Only certain catch basins within City easements can be addressed. If there is a problem at a catch basin, contact the Public Works department. For other drainage issues, such as excess fill or other blockages, the first course of action is to contact your neighbors.
The City Engineer can help mediate in backyard drainage problems, such as providing recommendations to help rectify or improve the situation, but cannot make enforceable decisions.
Permits are required for additions, decks, porches, finishing basements, replacing doors & windows of different sizes, interior renovations or repair that include structural modifications, demolition work, accessory structures, swimming pools and re-siding. All HVAC systems require permits, including all gas appliances & equipment, wood stoves, etc. A building permit and/or a zoning permit may be required when a building use is changed.
Separate plumbing and electrical systems permits are required for the installation, alteration, relocation, replacement, or addition to any wiring, piping, or equipment or appliances associated with those systems.
Electrical permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Electrical Board (701) 499-1549.
Plumbing permits are issued and inspections are performed by the North Dakota State Plumbing Board (701) 799-1555.
Permits are not required to paint a house (interior or exterior), hang wallpaper, replace cabinets and do similar finish work. Permits are also not required to build an accessory building having a floor area of 120 square feet or less, install concrete sidewalks and patios entirely on your property. Finally, permits are not required to insulate an existing building where no structural changes are made.
If you have questions about whether you need a permit for the project you have in mind or to see if it meets zoning requirements, contact the Building department.
It is unlawful for any citizen of West Fargo to push or blow snow into the streets, boulevard or public property. If you see a resident doing this, please contact Code Enforcement.
Yes, we have several retail sites, office sites and industrial sites available to fit any commercial need. Contact the Economic Development department for more details.
Yes! If you plan to dig more than a foot into the ground you must call North Dakota One Call first. North Dakota One Call was put in place to save lives by locating underground utilities. The service is free to homeowners and it takes about five minutes to answer the questions. To prepare for the call, please gather:
The number is 1-800-795-0555 or simply 8-1-1.
Sirens are tested at a variety of times to ensure they are functioning properly:
If the sirens are activated in West Fargo, at other times than these, please check your local news and radio stations for emergency messages. The sirens are not used only for tornadoes, but also used to alert the public of other types of severe weather emergencies and other types of dangerous conditions that may occur.
If you would like your monthly bill emailed, please send us an email and provide your preferred email address along with your service address.
Residents can also sign up for automatic payments following these instructions.
The City of West Fargo provides residents the following utilities and services, which are billed monthly:
Utility and city services bills can be paid via mail, drop-off locations, online or as an automatic payment with a pre-authorized checking or savings account. The City of West Fargo accepts cash, check, money order, automatic bank account payments, credit card or debit card for payment. Please note, a 3% convenience fee will be added for any credit card and debit card payments. For more information, visit the Utility Billing website.
To stop services please complete the Utility Service Move Out Application and select "move out." You will need to provide your forwarding address, closing date or moving date, and the new property owner's name if selling a property.
If you do not complete this step, the bill will remain in your name and be your responsibility to pay.
More information about canceling services can be found at the Utility Billing website.
The city will not perform legal surveys. Front pins are usually 2-feet behind the sidewalk but can vary. You can try to locate the property pins (rebar located below the ground) with a metal detector. A legal boundary survey can be performed by a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of North Dakota.
The City of West Fargo will repair the boulevards that were damaged by city snow removal equipment. If you have had damage done by a snow plow on your boulevard area please contact Public Works at 701-515-5400 to be placed on the repair list.
West Fargo Public Works will not be responsible for the repair or replacement of any sprinkle systems located in any areas adjacent to our transportation network.
For information on materials to recycle, please visit the Waste Management, Inc. Recycle Often. Recycle Right. website.
Yes. The City of West Fargo does not collect household hazardous waste materials. This includes:
This also includes electronics like:
If you have questions about materials you would like to dispose,please call (701) 281-8915.
The City of West Fargo utilizes a 460-acre network of waste stabilization ponds near 12th Avenue N. to treat wastewater (water that has been used in the home, in a business, or as part of an industrial process) that comes from the sewer system. During the transition from winter to spring, the ponds can emit a strong, unpleasant odor as the normal, organic treatment process restarts.
For information about the city’s plans to send wastewater to the City of Fargo for treatment and decommission the lagoons, visit http://westfargond.gov/757/Connection-to-City-of-Fargo-Wastewater-S.
City of West Fargo Waste Stabilization Ponds Fact Sheet
The City of West Fargo does not collect compost materials (grass, leaves, garden waste, etc.) from the curb. These materials can be brought to any of the compost sites listed below and emptied into the containers.
After a storm, many residents are faced with cleanup of trees, branches, fences and other debris. Resident of the City of West Fargo should follow the below guidelines when picking up after severe weather.
The City of West Fargo offers a variety of resources for filing a possible code enforcement complaint.
We prefer not to receive complaints anonymously. Most complaints required follow-up with the complainant for accuracy of addresses/location, access to view the violation, discussion of the issue if no violation is observed, and guidance back to complainant regarding who can address the concerns more appropriately. The complainant information is never provided to the property owners where the violations occur unless it goes to court and is requested at that time. Please note that all of our records are public, including phones calls and electronic documents.
The process usually proceeds in the following way:
Grass and weeds must be less than 8 inches tall on all property within the city limits. Property owners are in violation of the public nuisances city ordinance when more than 30 percent of the yard has grasses and weeds over 8 inches tall.
No noxious weeds can be on the property at any time or percentage of the yard. To learn more about noxious weeds, visit the Cass County weed control website.
Snow must be removed from the sidewalks within 48 hours of the last snow event. It is unlawful to push snow onto public property, including streets, boulevards, sidewalks or park property.
Under the City of West Fargo public nuisance code, wood piles must be stacked 6 inches off the ground to reduce the potential for harborage for vermin.
According to the City of West Fargo sidewalks and boulevards code, sump pump hoses may not be placed on or over a public sidewalk. Property owners may request permission from the Public Works department to bury their sump pump hose under the public sidewalk. The City of West Fargo has several additional sump pump regulations that residents can learn about.
According to the City of West Fargo's Planning and Zoning ordinance, all yards must be seeded or sodded within one year of the issuance of the building permit.
Home occupation is allowed, but all equipment associated with the business must be stored indoors and can’t be visible in the yards or outdoors.
Vehicles, recreational vehicles, and trailers are only permitted to be parked on improved surfaces. Improved surfaces are asphalt and concrete, or gravel when the existing driveway is not improved. No vehicles can be parked on grass, or dirt.
Setbacks from property lines shall be adhered. Approval from neighbors and city shall be sought if setbacks or proper screening can’t be adhered.
Junk is considered to be parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused furniture, appliances, remnants of wood, metal or any other cast-off material of any kind, whether or not the material could be put to any reasonable use. Junk may not accumulate or be stored outdoors on property.
Harborage for vermin is any accumulation of materials that will provide nesting material or areas where vermin can comfortably make a home or harborage. Piles of wood, rocks, lumber, boxes, barrels, bricks or similar materials are common places for harborage. Those materials must be stacked evenly 18 inches off the ground on open racks.
All lots must be maintained so that proper drainage occurs and overgrowth is controlled. The lot cannot be used for dumping, storing or stockpiling debris, rubbish junk or garbage. The city has a tiered policy for enforcing undeveloped lots.
All vacant buildings must be secured/boarded and then registered with the city if it meets the criteria. Buildings can be registered using our Vacant Building Registration Form. Once filled out the city will contact the owner to complete the registration process and fees.
Buildings are considered dangerous when they meet any of the following criteria:
Please contact the Planning Department with questions about a residential outdoor swimming pool at (701) 515-5370.
According to ordinance 15-0307, junk automobile shall include any motor vehicle not licensed for use upon the highways of the state of North Dakota for a period in excess of sixty (60) days, and shall also include, whether licensed or not, any motor vehicle which is inoperative for any reason for a period in excess of sixty (60) days.
Chapter 15 Ordinances
A "vacant or boarded building" is one that is one or more of the following: